Kia Motors said its September 2018 global sales fell 6.4% year on year to 233,708 units.
Overseas sales declined 1.9% to 197,908 units. Strong sales of RVs continued despite the sales decline. The Sportage saw sales rise more than 15% in comparison with September 2017, setting a record sixth straight month of double digit sales growth.
Sales in Korea fell 25.4% to 35,800 units. One of the main reasons for the drop was reduced working days arising from the timing difference of the Korean Thanksgiving Day Chuseok which was in October last year compared to September this year. The K900 continued to have a strong month, passing the 1,000 unit mark for the sixth consecutive month.
Kia's best-selling model in global markets during September 2018 was the Sportage compact SUV with 44,506 units sold. The Rio subcompact sedan was the second best seller with 25,077 units sold, followed by the Sorento mid-size SUV with 22,132 units sold.
Kia Motors expects to maintain its sales momentum with introduction of new products such as the Niro EV and K900 to the global market.